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Poster: NmdcOne Date: May 26, 2012 5:36pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Public Domain Sci-Fi/Horror

oooo-kay...I'm totally confused

I'm working on a project and I'm trying to find as many Sci-Fi and Horror movies in the Public Domain as I can.

I have some of the big multipacks that are presumed PD, you probably know the ones...Mill Creek??

there are quite a few listed on here, and I've found several sites that list "the best 50/100/150/???? PD movies on the web" and I've read countless Wiki pages...only to find near endless disputes over what is and is not PD

so is it a safe presumption that the Mill Creek stuff is PD?

I've *tried* struggling through the LOC/CO sites to search for renewals, but that just makes my eyes cross.

I'm looking for stuff like:

Mystery of the Wax Museum
White Zombie
King of the Zombies
Night of the Living Dead
Carnival of Souls
Santa Conquers the Martians

etc, and etc

any safe/accurate lists?

thanks...in advance!!
:D

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Poster: The_Master_Cylinder Date: May 26, 2012 8:33pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Public Domain Sci-Fi/Horror

This post might be helpful

http://archive.org/post/252311/pd-information-all-help-is-appreciated

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Poster: NmdcOne Date: May 26, 2012 9:04pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Public Domain Sci-Fi/Horror

thanks for the repost of the list...according to it, White Zombie is free-n-clear...or at least as clear as any of the others...

:D

y'all have a great Memorial Day weekend!!

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Poster: NmdcOne Date: May 26, 2012 8:35pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Public Domain Sci-Fi/Horror

per Wiki...



who knows, maybe the play "Zombie" that White Zombie was based/inspired by is still under copyright, so by proxy it is as well, a la It's A Wonderful Life...

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Poster: NmdcOne Date: May 27, 2012 5:04am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Public Domain Sci-Fi/Horror

did the quote go through on y'alls end?? I can't *see* it...


per WZ's Wiki:

"In 2009 it was announced that Tobe Hooper would direct a remake of White Zombie.[51] Screenwriter Jared Rivet worked on a script in 2007 with Hooper. The project was halted due to rights issues, with Rivet explaining that White Zombie "is clearly public domain, but there were question marks about uncredited source material"

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Poster: Quigs Date: May 26, 2012 7:42pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Public Domain Sci-Fi/Horror

everything you listed after White Zombie is PD. Wax Museum is held by Warner Bros. and WB does not rlesase anything w/o a stuggle and I think Zombie is maybe Universal like WB doesn't let go of anything. Tske a look in feature films in IA and then go to keywords or browse collection.

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Poster: NmdcOne Date: May 26, 2012 8:20pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Public Domain Sci-Fi/Horror

uuugggghhhh...why does this have to be so difficult?!?

I've seen White Zombie listed as PD on numerous sites/lists and it's in all the multipack compliations...and I *think* it's even listed here on IA...

I contacted Mill Creek about their compliations...got a form letter reply back informing me that copyright status is "confidential" info and they don't disclose it...

wha?? huh?!?

:D

they might as well have told me that they plead the 5th!! copyright status is public record and if all their compliations are truely PD, then why not disclose it??

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Poster: Quigs Date: May 26, 2012 10:38pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Public Domain Sci-Fi/Horror

Now Nmdc One
I think I said I wasn't sure. But I am sure about checking feature film>sci-horror>browse collection or keywords.

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Poster: cosmico Date: May 27, 2012 12:06am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Public Domain Sci-Fi/Horror

I think pretty much anything on DVD from Alpha Video is in the public domain, with the exception of releases in their offshoot "Alpha New Cinema" line. As for Mill Creek, they've had to change out a couple of movies in their box sets when they were found later to be under copyright.

This post was modified by cosmico on 2012-05-27 07:06:11

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Poster: NmdcOne Date: May 27, 2012 4:51am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Public Domain Sci-Fi/Horror

Quigs - it *is* both on the list that someone posted and in the IA here...

sorry, didn't mean that as a shot against you, just get sooooo aggrivated...it shouldn't be this bloody confusing!!

that's it...I'm calling Obama!!!

:D

thanks everyone!!

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Poster: theguyinthecorner Date: Jun 1, 2012 11:56pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Public Domain Sci-Fi/Horror

Mill Creek has stolen a lot of copyright films. Beast of Yellow Night is copyright; yet they distribute it.
Same story with Fury of the Wolf Man.

Never think something is PD, just because a distributor prints it.